By: J. Pastore
The films featured below are none other than cinema classics and prized pieces of world-renowned movie directors such as Dennis Villeneuve and Christopher Nolan. Besides portraying futuristic versions of what we know as "Earth", the films combine the deep integrations of science with technology and innovation.
One of the latest sci-if productions directed by Dennis Villeneuve (Prisoners, Blade Runner 2049) starring no other than Timothee Chalamet, Zendaya, Oscar Isaac, Rebecca Ferguson and more. Merely an adaptation of Frank Herbert's 1965 novel Dune, the film covers the first part of the 2-book novel. The prequel is expected to be released in 3 years. Set in the far future, the story of Paul Atreides (Timothee Chalamet) from House Atreides follows as a war breaks out for the inhabitable planet Arrakis. The movie was initially set to come out in early 2020, but as the pandemic hit, it was pushed back to its now release date, September 15, 2021.
One of Christopher Nolan's timeless productions, Interstellar, follows the story of Cooper, a former NASA pilot with his family living in a futuristic version of earth where a drastic food shortage threatens the survival of the human race. Known as one of Nolan's most prized pieces, the 2014 movie was nominated for 5 academy awards and won the award for best visual effects. In addition, the movie became widely known for mainly being scientifically accurate and was also primarily praised by many astronomers for its portrayal of astrophysics theory. Actors such as academy winner Matthew McConaughey and Jessica Chastain, Anne Hathaway, Matt Damon and more bring the movie to life, alongside infamous film score composer Hans Zimmer who created the iconic "Interstellar Main Theme".
Another of Christopher Nolan's biggest hits, Inception, released in 2010, follows the story of a professional thief Cobb (Leonardo DiCaprio). He uses the ability to infiltrate people's subconscious to steal information. However, Cobb is soon offered the chance to have his criminal history erased for a mission he can't refuse. The film features academy award winners such as Leonardo DiCaprio, Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Cillian Murphy, and Tom Hardy. Inception became the fourth highest-grossing film in 2010, winning several academy nominations and Best Cinematography, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Visual Effects.
Mad Max: Fury Road
Mad Max: Fury Road (2015), produced and directed by George Miller, is set in a post-apocalyptic desert wasteland on earth where gasoline and water are the most sought materials in the world due to the shortage. Max (Tom Hardy) joins forces with Imperator Furiosa (Charlize Theron) to save the last remaining women on earth and escape Immortan Joe's regime and his army. The first Mad Max was initially released in 1979, and since then, there have been four installments of the movie, including Mad Max: Fury Road. The 2015 movie received ten academy award nominations in the 88th edition of the awards. It took home the following: Best Costume Design, Best Production Design, Best Makeup and Hairstyling, Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Film Editing. Fury Road features none other than Tom Hardy, Charlize Theron, Nicholas Hoult, Rosie Huntington, Zoe Kravitz and more.
Blade Runner 2049
One of Dennis Villeneuve's most successful projects, Blade Runner 2049, a sequel to the 1982 film Blade Runner follows the story of K (Ryan Gosling), A "Blade Runner" replicant from Nexus 9 who uncovers a secret which can possibly destabilize the course of civilization, along with his life. The 2017 film was widely considered one of the best of the year but flopped disastrously at the box office as it had a budget of $150-185 million, yet only grossed $259.3 million worldwide. Ryan Gosling works alongside Harrison Ford, Ana de Armas, Dave Bautista, Jared Leto and others in Blade Runner. The film received numerous accolades in the 90th edition of the Academy Awards, including nominations such as Best Sound Editing, Best Sound Mixing and Best Production Design; It won Best Cinematography and Best Visual Effects.